Interview with Indians GM Mark Shapiro

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to interview Indians general manager Mark Shapiro. Shapiro has been hard at work this season not just handling the day-to-day operations of the Indians, but working out his transition with assistant GM Chris Antonetti, who will take over as GM when Shapiro become team President after the season. I want to thank Shapiro again for giving me the time for this interview. 

ELI: The Indians made a trade that sent Jhonny Peralta to the Tigers for Giovanni Soto. How long did it take for this deal to materialize? 

MARK: The dynamic in every trade is different. With this particular deal, we were keeping in touch with a broader sense of team needs. It is difficult to trade within the division, but we matched up nicely with eachother. The Tigers needed a veteran infielder, and we simply did not have the need for Peralta anymore.

ELI: What do you think of your return in Soto?

MARK: He is a young, projectable arm with a decent arsenal of pitches. 

ELI: You have been with the Indians for some time, can you tell me what it is like selecting a new manager and a little bit about your experience thus far with Manny Acta?

MARK: There is no one thing you look for in a manager. You do your best to find the attributes and characteristics most suited with your current situation. Manny [Acta] has been a successful manager and coach at every single level - Montreal, New York - He has a rock solid foundation. He understands multicultural needs of players, it's important. Natural tensions do develop, but our relationship is to communicate and to maintain a common goal, a common vision. So far, good things. 

ELI: How are your days different, especially this week, compared to other weeks during the year?

MARK: They are definitely longer, less predictable. A day can change from one phone call and you'll have to mobilize quickly.

ELI: Fausto Carmona has had somewhat of a resurgence, what about his mechanics and approach has changed from 2009 to 2010? 

MARK: His biggest difference is his ability to pitch with a purpose. It wasn't a dramatic change, but a mental adjustment. 

ELI: How will your day-today job change after this season? When will you be changing positions: after the offseason or right after the season?

MARK: We will switch right after the season. I won't be involved with the dat-to-day as much, Chris [Antonetti] will run baseball operations. 

ELI: How have your interactions been different this season. Are you meeting more to discuss the transition?

MARK: We've been meeting more, asking questions, but we've known eachother for a very long time. We have similar philosophies, it is very natural.

ELI: Network is just as important as it was 20 years ago. With that said, what advice would you give someone trying to enter the industry?

MARK: It is different for every office, but the ability to differentiate yourself is very important. You need a set of experiences, or skill, that enables you to make an impact for a team. 

ELI: Much like on the field?

MARK: Exactly. 

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.